You know when you have that bitter taste in your mouth after you’ve consumed something? Well, that’s the unpleasant feeling I, and many others had after the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr-Brian Vera scorecards were read out.
The vast majority who watched the fight at the StubHub Center in Carson, and at home, on September 28, believed Vera had won.
Chavez Jr was awarded the unanimous decision with scores of 98-92, 96-94, 97-93, after 10 rounds of boxing.
Nowadays, we shouldn’t be shocked when dubious scorecards are read out.
Vera, 31, took the fight to the Mexican from the off; stepping in with his jab to set up his ammunition. The Texan set a very high work rate throughout, throwing more punches than Chavez Jr overall, but connected with fewer shots.
Vera also threw more power punches than Chavez Jr and landed more.
Chavez Jr, 27, practically fought on the back foot for the entire fight, winding up his shots rather than throwing punches in bunches. The Mexican landed some eye-catching shots to head and body, but they were single scoring shots more than anything else.
Whenever Chavez Jr landed something of note, Vera merely smiled back at him as if to say; “Is that all you got?!”.
Vera did, however, acknowledge Chavez a couple of times whenever the Mexican got off with some good shots.
Vera was momentarily buzzed on occasion and rocked on another, but he showed a solid chin and kept plugging away. After the final bell, Vera raised his hands up in the air, cheering confidently, believing he had got the better of Chavez Jr.
Chavez Jr moves to 47(32)-1-1, whilst Vera slips to 23(14)-7-0.
This was arguable Vera’s most impressive career performance.
He looked like a man full of confidence and his game plan won him the fight in many people’s eyes.